Mod­ern com­put­ers are almost unlim­it­ed in mem­o­ry, but still some­times we have to store addi­tion­al doc­u­ments, archives or pho­tos. So the need for exter­nal hard dri­ves is quite under­stand­able. We will tell you today how to choose a hard dri­ve.

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The first and, prob­a­bly, the most impor­tant thing that can be in a disk is its amount of mem­o­ry. It makes no sense to spend mon­ey on a device that is not enough to back­up all data, or even the entire sys­tem.

To begin with, if you are look­ing for a device that is suit­able for stor­ing and trans­fer­ring small files between oth­er devices, then a reg­u­lar mid-range flash dri­ve is fine for you. Do not be sur­prised, because this is also a dri­ve.

More­over, flash dri­ves come in 1TB or more, but most like­ly, a 64 GB flash dri­ve will be more than enough for you.

And if you want more from a hard dri­ve, for exam­ple, long-term stor­age of large doc­u­ments, then you should choose a large device, 1TB or 2TB is usu­al­ly enough. An excep­tion is the cre­ation of a full back­up of a large library of files. This may be use­ful for pho­tog­ra­phers with orig­i­nals, cam­era­men, etc. Such pro­fes­sion­als may need a 5TB dri­ve.

Transmission speed

We already know that there are SSD and HDD dri­ves, and they dif­fer in data trans­fer speed. It is imme­di­ate­ly obvi­ous that if you are con­stant­ly deal­ing with a trans­fer, then you will def­i­nite­ly need high speed. You’ll be bet­ter off with an SSD, even though it’s more expen­sive, and SSDs are often small­er. HDDs are good for large files, but load­ing takes longer.

And that’s not all, because not only the type of disk, but also the type of input is respon­si­ble for the speed of infor­ma­tion pro­cess­ing.

USB 2.0 is already an obso­lete stan­dard, so it won’t work for large and fre­quent down­loads.

USB 3.0 is about 5 Gb/s faster, USB 3.1 is 10 Gb/s faster.

These are not all con­nec­tion types, the largest is the Thun­der­bolt 3 port, which gives a speed of 40 Gb / s.

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The larg­er the hard dri­ve, the heav­ier it will be. More mod­ern devices are, of course, notice­ably lighter in weight. So, if you plan on using the dri­ve fre­quent­ly, you’ll want max­i­mum porta­bil­i­ty for con­tin­u­ous use. In this case, it is bet­ter to choose the newest device pos­si­ble, and at the same time, check the pres­ence of a case — it can be very use­ful in order to pro­tect the dri­ve from drops and bumps. This can dam­age the mem­o­ry and cause inter­rup­tions in per­for­mance.

SSD is much lighter than HDD, plus, such dri­ves are not so afraid of falls. This is rea­son enough to choose them.

Toshi­ba USB 3.0 500 GB is a fair­ly ver­sa­tile HDD for­mat hard dri­ve. It is rel­a­tive­ly small, weighs 235g, rotates at 5400 rpm, and the inter­face that the dri­ve sup­ports is USB 2.0 and USB 3.0. Such a disk is per­fect for slight­ly expand­ing the mem­o­ry of a lap­top and trans­fer­ring movies or doc­u­ments. It is con­ve­nient to take with you and con­nect as need­ed. The write speed is 106 Mb/s and the read speed is 112 Mb/s. The disc is not very fast, but very ver­sa­tile and bud­get-friend­ly.

WD Orig­i­nal USB 3.0 2Tb is a more capa­cious hard dri­ve, also HDD for­mat. It is suit­able for more seri­ous doc­u­ments or lap­top back­ups. With a capac­i­ty of 2 TB and sup­port for USB 2.0 and USB 3.0, it will not be super fast, but it will be enough for stor­ing large files. Plus, it weighs rel­a­tive­ly lit­tle at 230g, mak­ing it high­ly portable. The disc mea­sures 2.5 inch­es, so it fits in your bag with­out tak­ing up much space.

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LaC­ie STHK500800 is a 500 GB SSD hard dri­ve. It con­tains less infor­ma­tion than WD, but costs more. The rea­son for this, of course, is the for­mat and data trans­fer rate. 540 Mb/s will allow you to quick­ly trans­fer data to and from the disk. You can watch movies or work direct­ly from it. The case is made of met­al, but it is reli­ably pro­tect­ed from drops and shocks. This disk is the most secure for stor­ing any data and allows you to set up auto­mat­ic back­ups of var­i­ous types of doc­u­ments.


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